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The Secret to Super Slippery Conditioners

By January 27th, 202189 Comments
by Nicole Harmon of Hair Liberty

Between washes your hair gets drier each day, the strands start to wrap around each other, and the volume starts to go to “the bad place”. Your basic conditioner has one very important job to do and that’s to make your hair smooth and easy to detangle. That’s because coils and curls experience the least damage from combing when they’re wet and saturated with conditioner. Once your hair has been thoroughly combed out, it’ll be easier to achieve your final style.

Conditioners that effectively detangle coils and curls contain:

• Emollients, which are conditioning ingredients that form a protective film on the hair to help your strands slide past each other as you detangle
• Cationic ingredients to condition your hair’s cuticle

Emollients that offer good slip (the more of these in the top 5 the better):

• Dimethicone
• Cyclomethicone
• Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
• Mineral Oil
• Shea Oil
• Jojoba Oil
• Jojoba Esters
• Sorbitol Esters
• Cetyl Esters
• Cetyl Alcohol (don’t worry these are not the drying kinds of alcohol)
• Cetearyl Alcohol
• Stearyl Alcohol

Cationics Conditioners:

• Amodimethicone
• Behentrimonium Chloride
• Behentrimonium Methosulfate
• Cetrimonium Chloride
• Cetrimonium Methosulfate
• Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
• Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine

Conditioning Do’s and Don’ts

Do saturate your hair with conditioner from root to tip.
Don’t ignore the inner layers of your hair. Distribute the conditioner as evenly as you would a relaxer.
Do comb the conditioner through before you rinse it out.
Don’t leave the conditioner on for longer than the maximum time in the instructions. The ingredients in rinse out conditioners are not meant to be left in contact with your skin for long periods of time.
Do comb out your hair by starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots. If you start from the roots, you’ll cause your ends to wrap around each other which can lead to more tangles.

Is your conditioner a keeper? If you can answer ‘yes’ to these questions after using a conditioner, go ahead and buy the largest bottle you can find. Conditioner is the product you will go through the fastest.

1) Did the comb glide through your hair as you detangled? You haven’t found your conditioner match until you can comb through all of your hair within 5 minutes.
2) Was the conditioner easy to apply? You have to condition every inch of every hair to get the best results. Choose a product that comes out of the bottle easily because that’s a good indication that it’ll be easy to spread and distribute.

The Secret to Super Slippery Conditioners

Recommended Conditioners

BARGAIN BUY – Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner, $6 for 25 oz.
Available at drugstores
You read that right, $6 for 25 ounces of conditioner. This conditioner has good slip, it spreads easily, and it contains a special “copolymer” that will help your hair retain moisture. It’s a great place to start if you’re on a tight budget.

Dove Damage Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner, $6 for 8 oz.
Available at drugstores
Dove’s Damage Therapy conditioner is filled with ingredients that will help you detangle. It’s relatively thick, so an 8 oz. bottle may not last very long.

John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Conditioner, $6 for 8.45 oz.
Available at drugstores
This product smoothes and detangles the hair without being too heavy. That’s a difficult combination to find in a drugstore conditioner. Some stores also sell a 20 oz. size that comes with a pump, which is helpful when you have a lot of hair to work through.

Free Your Mane Daily Detangling Conditioner, $16 for 10.14 oz.
Available at
This conditioner spreads easily and has enough slip to get through stubborn tangles. It also has extra ingredients that give lasting shine and smoothness to the hair.

Joico Smooth Cure Conditioner, $14 for 10.1 oz.
Available at beauty supply stores and online
The Joico Smooth Cure conditioner and the matching shampoo make a worthwhile combo for coils and curls that get heat-styled every week. The conditioner has a combination of emollients, cationics, and hydrolyzed keratin, so it also qualifies as a deep treatment.

Nicole Harmon is a Cosmetic Chemist and the Founder of She has received rave reviews for her seminars on ethnic hair education and science. She’s on a mission to help the Product Junkies of the world save MONEY, sort through marketing HYPE and buy SMARTER! 
Hair Liberty (def.): The freedom to rock whatever style you want, whenever you want. Curly, straight, natural, relaxed, whatever! Free yourself!
What’s your favorite slippery conditioner?


  • anon says:

    shut up & mind your own fucking hair bitch! *continues to leave rinse out conditioner in*

  • Mintii says:

    Before you get into the shower, separate your hair into two or four sections and clip them up. I have my hair in two sections and it makes washing and detangling easier. Unclip one section, wet and apply conditioner, clip it up and move to the next section.

  • bee says:

    Products won't do that. Elongation is moreso the result of styling methods. I have 4c and use giovanni 2 chic conditioner, then olive oil, then eco styler gel for rollersets with small magnetic rollers. the result is a silky, natural-looking head of elongated curls.

  • leegirl says:

    I have been natural for over a year. My hair is very tightly coiled. It's so tight that it has a matted look all the time. I have used most of the product named in the posting. I'm in need of a product that will elongate my tight coils and provide the moisture that I need. Any suggestions??

  • Juicy coils says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha!!!! Lmbo!

  • My Baby Girls Curls says:

    I don't use any of these as I am loc'd but for my daughters' hair, I used Curls Coconut Sublime which I absolutely loved but I didn't love the price so I decided to try TRESemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner and it is the bomb!!! I started slowing stocking up on bottles! I use to use Garnier Fructis but not since they changed the formula and added a -cone.

  • Unknown says:

    Just found the Tresemme Naturals conditioner at Tarjay for $3.99! :o)

  • SouthernBelle says:

    Very informative and helpful article. I see myself using this website more and more everyday. Even if I just Google something about natural hair I always end up right back here to get the answer, lol. :) I just recently bought Tresemme Naturals strictly to use for cowashing after my cousin India (MyNaturalSistas on YouTube) swore by it. If I remember correctly, mine was even less than $6 at Wally World….it was like $4 and some change.

  • Anonymous says:

    For those of you who are saying that there are no long term effects on the scalp because you follow the CG method by leaving the conditioner on your scalp:

    Please look up the MSDS of each ingredient on Google by typing in the name + MSDS. Look at the toxicity and hazards sections. There are some ingredients that cause irritations over time (which is why your scalp gets itchy after sweating/by the end of the day) because they were not formulated to stay in your hair all day.

    Co-washing is fine, just wash it out and apply a leave-in or other moisturizert! I am a hair care chemist as well. We don't research ingredients and give specific directions for certain formulations for nothing!

  • GurlNxtDoor04 says:

    Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle conditioner. If you have a trader joes near you it is a must try, not only does it give me "slip for days" but I can flat iron my hair with a car tire and it will still return my curls with just one application.

  • Anonymous says:

    Tressemme Naturals is my staple detangler!

  • Anonymous says:

    I absolutely love giovanni deeper moisture conditioner and their direct leave in as well. They are about 8 bucks for the 8 ounce so I'm going to try treseme naturals and see if I can get more bang for my buck! Thanks :)

  • kerriwallis says:

    cones and mineral oil are awful for us!!! as we are moving more and more toward natural hair lets also move more and more toward healthy products that don't place dangerous chemicals so close to our brain

  • watkinsabob says:

    The Tresseme naturals was my first cowash conditioner i ever bought. (heart)

  • An Aspiring Natural 318 says:

    Thanks for the list. I'm 5 months into my transition and what was working for me 3 months ago is not working any more. Now when I use it seems as if my hair tangles within itself. So I just finished my old bottle of conditioner, I guess I will start with this list to continue my hunt for a conditioner with slip. Wish me luck.

  • Ayisha B says:

    good stuff

  • Anonymous says:

    This is Terri again, and I'm a long-term transitioner currently about 6 months post. I'm looking for a very good moisturizing conditioner w/SUPER good slip.

    I'm currently using Pantene Relaxed & Natural Conditioner. It makes my hair soft & gives okay slip, but i want to start using cone-free conditioners with SUPER slip.

    I've heard great reviews about Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Conditioner! Does Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner give hair moisture,softness & SUPER slip? I'm a silky/spongy 3c/4a.

    Should i give Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner a try?


  • Karo says:

    thank you for the info, I also like the product that I'm using, it's Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Conditioner, it's really good, it helps restore moisture to hair, protects against heat and chemical damage and keeps the hair smooth and healthy. :P

  • Anonymous says:

    My name is Terri and I'm a long-term transitioner currently about 6 months post. I'm looking for a very good moisturizing conditioner w/SUPER good slip. Aussie Moist gives me moisture, but it doesn't give me that slip anymore :(

    I'm currently using Pantene Relaxed & Natural Conditioner. While it does make my hair very soft & it only gives okay slip. I've been looking to trying out more cone-free conditioners.

    Does Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner give hair moisture,softness AND super slip? I'm at my wits ends on finding a moisturizing conditioner WITH super slip :(. Can someone give me any really good cone-free conditioner suggestions? Should i give Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner a try?


  • Deliliah Nonar says:

    @ Abby–Aussie moist 3 minute miracle has lots of slip! I also found a conditioner in DEALS the dollar store called Salon by Spa Haus. It's only a dollar and has good slip and decent ingredients no mineral oil, petrolatum, petroleum. It has olive, jojoba, and avocado oils, along with aloe Vera juice.

  • Candace4life says:

    ETA: Ingredients for the Tresemme mentioned above. Saw this mentioned on Mahoganycurls blog,!/2012/04/tresemme-naturals-ingredient-change.html

    Old Formula: Water(Aqua,EU), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Carprylic/Capric Tryglerceride, Stearmidopropyl Diemthlyamine, Fragrance (Parfum) Lauroyl lysine, Carprylyl Glycol, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi oil Copolymer,Aspartic acid, Distearyldimonium chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Citric Acid, Alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, aloe barbadensis leaf juice.
    Water,Carprylic/Capric Tryglerceride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol,Stearmidopropyl Diemthlyamine,Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites, Fordi Oil Copolymer, Fragrance, Caprylyl, Glycol, Aspartic Acid, Lauroyl Lysine, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Benzyl Alchol, Centric Acid

    New Formla: Water,Carprylic/Capric Tryglerceride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol,Stearmidopropyl Diemthlyamine,Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites, Fordi Oil Copolymer, Fragrance, Caprylyl, Glycol, Aspartic Acid, Lauroyl Lysine, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Benzyl Alchol, Centric Acid

  • marianela says:

    My question pertains to the ingredients in these conditioners. Do you know whether or not the ingredients mentioned above cause a lot of build up? I don't know why but I am very prone to build up and when I use products that coat my hair they feel great but they also dull my hair after a while. Does anyone have any suggestions to clear build up?

  • Unknown says:

    I really should check my conditioner alongside this info. and Tresseme is expensive in England, my mother will not buy that for me, even in a sale and it'll take forever to save up all my coppers.

  • Candace4life says:

    The Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture has changed their formula around the aloe and I forgot something else are moved towards the beginning. I used this the other week and my hair felt very nice. I like also Aussie Moist, Giovanni 50/50 Hydrating Conditioner, and Pantene Hydrating Curls before they discontinured this product );.

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  • Lydia Young says:

    @ Nicole Harmon, I read the article you spoke of above and I think my hair will benefit from the use of conditioners with silicones and petroleum.  It tangles easily and I am always getting knots.  And I lose a lot of hair in the detangle process.  My only concern is that I have heard that these ingredients can't be removed with non sulfate shampoos.  Is this true?  What combination should I use?  And is it true that all sulfate cleansers are drying to your hair or bad to use?

  • Anonymous says:

    NOPE. That Tresemme Naturals killed my hair. Very nice slip but my hair was so dry afterward.My hair did NOT like this product after it was rinsed.Every head of hair is different though… this may be someone elses dream product.

  • JustTrena says:

    Herbal Essence's Totally Twisted, in the purple-ly colored bottle! Surprisingly better than Hello Hydration, Knot Today, Suave Coconut, Giovanni's Triple Treat and Direct Leave-in, …all of 'em! Honestly, after putting the Totally Twisted in my soaking wet hair (shoulder length), I can detangle in under 5 minutes! Just try it…it's inexpensive too!

  • PhenomenallyMe says:

    Herbal Essence Hello Hydration is my go to for everything! I use Knot Today for my leave in but that has good slip too. I only use KCKT for special occasions! The Tresemme that is pictured is the bomb too.

  • Kudos says:

    Oh, and this 5 minutes to detangle business?? Nah kid. Not for everybody… I have yet to wash n go, keep my hair braided or twisted throughout the week and it takes more than 5 minutes to seperate my hair into sections to detangle.

  • Anonymous says:

    Time to go shopping! Kinky Curly Knot Today has pretty good slip, but hey it never hurts to try and see if something better is out there.

    Nicol. C.

  • Gwenn4ya says:

    I get great slip from this product! I like it alot, but just wish I could rock a wash and go more often. I want to try the curly girl method, but because I wear a hat as part of my daily uniform, I'm afraid it wouldn't work too well.

  • Kudos says:

    Abby, try the Tresemme. I use it to cowash and as part of my leave-in mix

    SN: I bought mine at Walmart on sale for $3.89, regular price, like $4.73…POW

  • Abby says:

    maybe it's my 4c texture but I never seem to get much slip can anyone recommend a slip conditioner for 4c's?

  • Anonymous says:

    For me, it is a tie between Herbal Esssences Hello Hydration and Tresemme Naturals…I use both in rotation. I used Tresemme Naturals for about 3 months in the fall and I am now using Hello Hydration (likely for another three months) and will rotate again. Both leave my hair super soft and moisturized!

  • Anonymous says:

    Every week after deep conditioning with CJ Repair Me (baggy for 30 minutes), I saturate my hair with Darcy's Pumpkin Seed moisturizing condition & detangle with my Aveda paddle brush–takes maybe 10 minutes to do it in 8 sections. When I detangled with a comb, it seemed to be rougher on my hair and took longer. With the paddle brush (starting from the ends to the roots), I gently brush the tangles away. I really think it is the combination of the CJ Repair Me and then Darcy's Pumpkin condish….it just melts in my hair and is so moisturizing. I have been natural almost 5 yrs and my hair has never liked cones

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the article Nicole, conditioning my hair is always the priority. It's thick, dense and likes to "reach toward the sky."

    I currently use J.Carter's replenishing conditioner after letting Taliah Waajid's enhancing herbal conditioner soak into my strands for about 15 mins. It helps detangle my hair, but is not as wet as J. Carter's which is very slippery. Generally 20 to 25 to detangle, but it's worth it to keep from snapping my hair at the ends.

  • Veronica says:

    Been using Treseme since 1997, never been disappointed. The only conditioner that I've found to be better (but more expensive) is Garnier Fructis

  • Anonymous says:

    I second the tresemme suggestion. That is some good stuff. And it smells good. Don't sleep on it ladies!

  • LBell says:

    The slipperiest wash-out conditioner I currently own is Herbal Essences None of Your Frizzness. I'm not even sure why I bought it in the first place considering that I have mostly-4b hair and am not afraid of frizz ;) but compared to my BFF Hello Hydration it melts the tangles like nobody's business. Only downside is that the scent, while nice, is a bit strong, so I don't use it often.

    I've been hearing a lot of great things about Tressemme Naturals but I'm going to wait until I kill another bottle of conditioner before I try it.

  • SmileAhWhile says:

    I recently discovered Costco's Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner ($7.49 for 33.8oz = 0.22/oz). Before that, my staple was Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner (app. $2.99 for 16.9oz = 0.18/oz).

  • Anonymous says:

    Would you say that the CG Method is unnecessary?

  • Rayna says:

    Did they say 5 minutes to detangle???!!!! Are they serious? I stopped reading after that. Good night.

  • Naomi says:

    I forgot to mention that my hair is arm-pit length. I don't do any type of dry detangling before I wash in the shower. Not all hair has to be a super TWA to have a short detangling time lol =]

  • Naomi says:

    I use Aussie Moist for conditioning after shampooing and for co washing. It is AMAZING. It has great slip and always leaves my hair soft and moisturized. I've always wondered why it takes other naturals so long to detangle… I just hop in the shower, wet my hair in the shower, shampoo, rinse out shampoo, add conditioner and rinse out conditioner.

    The wide-toothed shower comb literally glides through my 4 sections drenched in conditioner. It never takes longer than 2 minutes to comb through my hair in the shower. After rinsing, i dry my hair with a t-shirt and flat twist so my hair can air dry.

    Maybe my short detangling time is because I keep my hair in twist outs and other naturals just rock wash-and-gos?

  • Anonymous says:

    V05 was a fail. I couldve bought a snack with my $1. Therefore, I stick to my Aussie Moist.

    Ashley L.

  • Unknown says:

    Herbal Essences Hello Hydration works for me every time.

  • mangomadness says:


    5 minutes to detangle?! Haha My medium length (~11-12 inches), tightly coiled tresses takes ~1 hour to detangle (fingers or finger+comb). 5 minutes is how long it takes to detangle 1.5 sections out of 10.

    The comb (or my fingers) never "glides" through my hair nor do I expect it to. That and the 5 min time for detangling is an unreasonable expectation (unless one has a super TWA).

  • mangomadness says:

    Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner (old formula) is my favorite conditioner for detangling my thick, tightly coiled hair. I stocked up after they changed ingredients a month or so ago.

    I just got some Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner so I'll be testing that out for a bit.

  • Anonymous says:

    It's Anon 12:46–I first want to say THANK YOU Nicole for this article; I checked out your website as well, and it contains a lot of good information. You are a wealth of knowledge, and I believe that knowledge is power!

    I am going to try and cut down my prepooing time. I have to say that I am addicted to oil rinsing with coconut oil–lol! It really keeps my hair moisturized and in my opinion, it has made a difference.

    Thanks again lady!

  • Tea Wash says:

    Im going to have to try that Tresemme, especially for that price. the problem is anytime i see "mineral oil" in the ingredients i put the item back on the shelf

  • Anonymous says:

    Tresemme' Natural Hands Down
    Vo5 Moisture Milks and Silky Experience, Suave Almond and Shea Butter and Shea Moisture's Reconstructive Conditioner (Gold Bottle)
    All are awesome for slip! I love to us these conditioners to as a Co-wash and/or Leave in.

  • Unknown says:

    I Love Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, I really want to try Tresseme Naturals though. And one of the tips says not to leave the conditioner on for longer than it says on the bottle but sometimes I like to use my conditioners as leave-ins for my WnG. My fav is Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition it keeps my hair moisturized and I my curls defined. I wonder it it's ok to continue to use it since it's intended to be a wash out but gives such great results.

  • Bridget says:

    My all time favorites are Aussie Moist, Tresseme Naturals, Trader Joe's Nourish Spa and any of the the V05 Moisture Milks conditioners.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have NEVER been able to detangle in 5 minutes. There isn't a conditioner made that has that much slip and I have tried a lot. I would have clumps of broken hair.

    I typically use Aussie Moist and that still takes 40mins. I will try the Tressemme once my Aussie Moist runs out.

  • Bobby says:

    Since it normally takes me an hour to detangle my 8 months post relax hair I just went and got the Tresseme photoed above. I need something to cut down the detangling time. I have about 4 inches of new growth and 8 or more inches of relaxed hair.
    Herbal Essence isnt working!
    Thanks Nicole for this great and informative article.

  • Nicole Harmon says:

    Anon 12:46, Lol, yea, I know what you mean. Thanks for letting me know your routine. I guess it really depends on how long you spend doing each of those things. Shampooing weekly is so much better for the health of your scalp than only bi-weekly. In my opinion, you don't need to wash in sections or oil rinse. That would save you time and decrease manipulation. You can also pre-poo for as little as 10 minutes and it would still be beneficial. Just throwing stuff out there. I used to have 3 hr wash days and I appreciate having a faster routine now.

  • Bobby says:

    @Sawah, Shea Moisture "Restorative Conditioner" can be used as a leave OR rinse out for $9.99…
    No Parabens, No Sulfates, No Mineral Oil etc.

  • DiJah says:

    I've been hooked on V05 conditioners as of late. It is everything I needed and more, especially the price point, under $2??? why yes thank you!

    From the list above, I've tried Tresseme naturals and I wasn't impressed, it gave me the same feeling as Yes To Carrots. I couldn't wait to finish the bottle lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    It's Anon 12:46 again, thanks Bobby for suggesting Giovanni Direct Leave In–that is actually one of my HG products. I use it along with aloe vera juice to detangle. It do love it!

    Nicole, on wash day, I typically prepoo (honey,oil), wash in sections, oil rinse w/coconut oil, condition, and twist. I don't use direct heat, so I will either sit under the dryer or let my hair air dry. I don't mind the process, I rather like having that time to pamper myself; it just can be rather time consuming. I have thick 3c/4a/4b hair so I work in sections. It usually takes me about 3-4 hours. I've read of some naturals taking an entire day for "wash day," so I guess I shouldn't complain! lol

  • Nicole Harmon says:

    @MissTenesha – LOL, thanks for sharing your faves! Does that mean you're getting excited about MIB3?

  • Nicole Harmon says:

    Thanks for sharing your faves CurlyBlasian and Candice305!

    Thanks, Marcia! I know many of the ingredients look similar but "almost" doesn't count when you're talking about your health. The FDA doesn't require every single chemical that's in the product to be included on the ingredients list.

    If I thought it was at all safe to leave rinse-outs in, I would tell you. I want to save you as much time and money as possible, but that's not the way.

  • Nicole Harmon says:

    No problem, Sawah. All of the leave-ins I usually recommend contain silicones. Are you avoiding them because you follow the Curly Girl Method? Please read this article I wrote last year:

    CurlyChemist – Detangling is important at any length because it removes the hair that's been shed from your scalp. If you don't comb everything out, the shed hair will cause tangles and possibly matting at the roots. 30 – 45 minutes is a very long time, sounds like you need a conditioner with more slip. I think you'll see a big difference if you try one of the recommended conditioners. Or at least a conditioner with 2+ emollients in the top 5. You should absolutely be able to detangle your 4c hair in less than 5 minutes. I hope that helps!

  • Tenesha B. says:

    Tresemme Naturals and Shescentit Avocado Conditioner!!
    They are *in my Will Smith MIB voice* the best of the best of the BEST sir!!

  • Marcia says:

    Good post! Especially the point about making sure to apply conditioner to the inner hair, sometimes that hair gets a bit neglected.
    Also, if you look at the ingredients of many rinse out conditioners and then look at leave-ins by the same companies they almost always have super similar/almost identical ingredients (many times just switched around). I suspect the company would want you to rinse it out because then you can go and buy the leave-in…double the bucks for them.

  • Candice305 says:

    Curl Junkie, Nubian Heritage, & Kinky Curly!

  • CurlyChemist says:

    I have a question about the whole detangling process. My hair is in the awkward, not quite a TWA, but not chin length either stage. I would say just to the top of my ears when it's not stretched. I have what would be classified as 4c hair. Do I really need to detangle at that length? I use the Giovanni leave in and I also add the Knot Today Kinky Curly Condish and it seems to take me anywhere from 1/2 hour to 45 mins to comb through. I start at the ends and my hair is soaking wet. Am I doing something wrong? It wears me out and I really feel like it shouldn't take that long or be such a big to do.

  • DiscoveringNatural says:

    @Nicole Harmon, thank you so much. That makes sense. Now, I have to find another leave-in conditioner that doesn't contain 'cones.

  • Anonymous says:

    Aussie Moist…hands down! Nothing compares.


  • Nicole Harmon says:

    VioletFem, Anon 1:07, 1:26, and, Anon 1:39 – Thanks for sharing your faves!

    RUCreole, Anon 1:23, and 1:24 – Thanks for posting your routines!

  • Nicole Harmon says:

    Sawah and Amber – It is best not to leave any rinse out conditioner in your hair unless the instructions say that's ok. This is what the Tresemme Safety Data Sheet says about all of their conditioners: "This is a personal care product that is safe for consumers when used according to the label directions. Like many consumer products, a small number of individuals may experience reactions such as redness, rash, and/or swelling upon prolonged or repeated skin contact or eye contact."

    I also (just) called the company because I know a lot of people leave this particular product in. The rep said "Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner was not formulated to be left in and you need to rinse it out."

    It is safest for your overall health to use the product according to the company's instructions. You never know what kind of long-term health effects you could be causing.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ojon, Wen and Kinky Curly Knot Today are among the slipperiest conditioners I have used. KCKT is so slippery that I had to stop using a comb after putting it in my hair,as the comb would slip and fall out of my hand.

    For less expensive brands, the Herbal Essence (i.e Hello Hydration) and Organix (Moroccan oil Deep Treatment) lines are also good.

  • RUCreole says:

    Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner for Co-Wash…

    THEN Hello Hydration (teal bottle) is the best conditioner that has ever touched my hair plus the scent is AMAZING! :)

    Then my leave-in goes like this:
    Giovanni Direct Leave-In followed by African Royale Hot 6 Oil

    Styling product and boom bam DONE! :)

    = Shiny Sexy Juicy Hair!!

  • Amber says:

    I've been leaving conditioner in my hair as a styler for about two years now. Nothing will happen if it stays in contact with your skin longer than the recommended 5 minutes… Everything will be okay.

  • Anonymous says:


  • Anonymous says:

    That Tresemme Naturals is the BOMB.COM!!! When I go to the store, I at least try to buy 2 bottles because they are usually sold out. I purchase mine from Wally World. My hair is super thick so I need lots of conditioner and it defeats buying an expensive conditioner when I'll go through it so fast. I cowash with it and also use it as a DT under the steamer. I HIGHLY recommend this! Now if they only made a silicone free shampoo…smh

  • Anonymous says:

    "What set you claimin'?"
    "I rep Trader Joe's Tingle Treat for life!"

    I love, love, LOVE Trader Joe's Tingle Treat Conditioner! This is my weekly co-wash staple and at $3 for a 16oz bottle, it's pretty economical, too! It glides through any tangles my 4a kinks, curls and coils throw in its path and makes short work of the detangling process! Plus, I love how invigorated my scalp feels from all the menthol, mint and tea tree essential oils! Whenever I'm tempted to try something new, the results of the TJTTC just won't let me! I pray they never stop making this conditioner or change the formula! TJTTC forEVA!

  • VioletFem says:

    Suave Natural Conditioner with almond and shea butter gives amazing slip. (Cheap too, it's only $2-3 at Target) I just finished the bottle this weekend and will try the Tresemme brand for comparison.

  • Nicole Harmon says:

    Anon 12:46: If you don't mind sharing, what takes so long on wash day? Maybe I can help you speed up your routine.

  • Nicole Harmon says:

    Thanks for your comments Dana and Anon 12:41!

  • Bobby says:

    @ Anon 12:46pm….Giovanni Direct Leave in …is a great LEAVE In but its too expensive for a co-wash…I use cheap conditioners for that.
    Giovanni Direct defines my curls perfectly <3

  • Nicole Harmon says:

    Thanks for commenting, XTraThickHair!

    Anon 12:27 – I know what you mean, we want results, but we also want convenience. It's not too much to ask! Thanks for sharing your experience. :)

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  • DiscoveringNatural says:

    I love Tresemme Naturals. I do use it as my co-wash conditioner and a leave in. Is it okay for me to leave it in my hair without washing it out?


  • Anonymous says:

    Pantene Dry to Moisturized! Love it!

  • Anonymous says:

    For sheer time's sake, I am going to start washing my hair every other week and co-washing in between. I have hear GREAT things about the Tresemme Natural's Conditioner and I plan on purchasing it to co-wash.

  • Anonymous says:

    Giovanni Direct Leave-In HANDS DOWN! I just bought the liter pump bottle from Massage Warehouse (WARNING: has different ingredients than advertised though)

  • Dana says:

    Tresemme Naturals is my current favorite; before that I was crazy about Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition. Both perform well and are very economical which is always a plus.

  • Anonymous says:

    I need this article, I have been using Herbal Essence Totally Hydrated and I have to use a lot and its hard to get out of the bottle. Just used my last bottle a few days ago and is looking for something new. I'm going to give Tresseame a try…

  • Anonymous says:

    Tresemme Naturals is my all-time favorite slippery conditioner followed by Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner!

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